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Cart #sdb_0_4-0 | 2022-02-01 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

This is version 0.4 of 'Super Drift Bikes'.


  • three tracks: green, desert, night forest
  • qualify to continue to next track
  • qualify on last track to win game
  • starting light sequence
  • signs to indicate turns
  • increased speed
  • steering less twitchy

Previous versions:

Cart #sdb_0_3-0 | 2021-10-13 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

This is version 0.3 of 'Super Drift Bikes'. The plan now is to add two more tracks, and then create a championship season where each race consists of 10 or 12 laps. Another idea is to add obstacles in addition to the opponents to make gameplay more interesting.


  • faster on corner inside
  • slower on corner outside
  • collisions with opponents
  • engine sound now less loud
  • overtaking sound
  • opponents steer around others


left / right = steer
z = throttle
x = brake

Cart #sdb_0_2-0 | 2021-09-30 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

This is version 0.2 of 'Super Drift Bikes'. The game now has the player race for positions, instead of against a time limit. The cpu bikes still exist when they go off screen and can actually catch up with you and lap you if you slow down too much. Collisions still have to be added and there is no lap limit or other end to the game yet.


  • race position
  • lapcount
  • clouds
  • desert theme
  • title screen

Cart #sdb_0_1-0 | 2021-09-13 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

Hello all, this is version 0.1 of my motorcycle racing game. It is based on previous games I made for PC (and Ouya!) and inspired by the classic games such as Pole Position, Speed King and Super Hang On. I love Pico-8 so far and think I should have looked into it sooner!

The plan is to add a countdown timer. The current lap has to be completed before the timer reaches zero. There will be less time for each following lap, and the game is won by completing 10 laps. Collisions will slow you down.

P#97286 2021-09-13 20:27 ( Edited 2022-02-01 20:54)

Great start, @robbertprins ! Would definitely like to see this game completed.

P#97288 2021-09-13 20:35

Thank you @dw817. Yes I intend to finish this. I actually just bought a "Gameforce Chi" handheld (have not started it up yet) to play Pico-8 games on it and I want to see my own game on it too. :)

P#97290 2021-09-13 21:30

Thanks JackJack, I agree it is nice to race for positions. I tried that in a previous game but found it more difficult to balance gameplay. A steady stream of opponents as in typical arcade games is easier in this respect. However I think I will have another go at this. Make it more like a simulation. ;)

On another note, I tried the web version of my game on Android, it seems to have a problem with playing sounds quickly after each other, introducing crackling and noise. For the engine sound, it actually plays a note every frame. I may have to look into a different method for this, if possible.

P.S. I just read other posts mentioning crackly sound on Android, so maybe it is a more general issue.

P#97406 2021-09-16 19:11 ( Edited 2021-09-16 19:15)

fun racer!
the game would deserve moving to 30fps (change _update to _update60)

I found the sliding a bit odd - it pushes the bike inside the curve (instead of outside).
It makes exiting the turn very difficult to control imho.
Suggest to also add more props to make the lap slighty more interesting with "racing" markers (like turn indicators or such, see Super Hang On!)

P#98595 2021-10-13 19:09

Thanks Freds72! I have considered moving to 60 fps afer I learned about this possibility and may do so at a later stage.

The sliding/drifting has the effect of increasing the steering response. So the player can more easily steer left or right, although it can work against them as well as steering becomes more twitchy.

You are right that this can typically cause problems at the end of the corner when you are 'oversteering'. I want to look into this and reduce this negative effect, and make steering less twitchy.

More scenery elements such as turn indicators are planned and a good idea as well!

P#98596 2021-10-13 20:16

Loving this racing game! Congrats it really has the feel of super hang-on. Imo the control is spot on with how these old bike games used to play.

Looking forward to a season being implemented!

My only suggestion is to get more roadside objects (and different things like rocks, cactus etc)


P#98893 2021-10-20 09:55

Thanks Picog8t, I was just working on a cactus as I read your post! Rocks on the side of the road is a good idea. I now have three themes, 'desert', 'circuit', and 'night forest', but still more work is needed to make actual tracks with them.

P#99003 2021-10-21 20:51

What a coincidence!

The themed race settings sounds great. I don’t know if you have it planned headlights on all the bikes would look great, i’m not sure if the pico8 has transparency or colour shadow feature to use for this?

Looking forward to the next update!

P#99038 2021-10-22 15:15

Ready to travel through time, @robbertprins ? Accelerate without turning. Just keep accelerating, for about a minute. Eventually your cycle will suddenly warp to the left and everything will start to go in reverse millions of miles per hour ! :)

P#106170 2022-02-01 23:48 ( Edited 2022-02-02 17:26)

@dw817 The time travel is probably because there is as yet not a limit to how far you can go to the left and the right, away from the road. So yes I have to add that. Thank you for mentioning it!

P#106194 2022-02-02 08:02

@dw817 can you stop spreading solutions that don’t exist in all posts?
Something like headlights are perfectly possible with what we’ve got.

P#106196 2022-02-02 08:58

Actually @freds72, I need to make a new post for that. Don't want to put it here. And since Zep has already selected and made use of many of my ideas in the past to incorporate in Pico-8, I just need to flesh this one out better.

It's a bit rough as it is. Needs some image illustrations. And example animations. Something new I wanted to work on. We'll get there. :)

P#106217 2022-02-02 17:23 ( Edited 2022-02-02 17:25)

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